VANCOUVER — Police are warning the general public a few low cost flight rip-off that includes a well-liked smartphone app.
Authorities stated scammers are convincing folks to surrender their private particulars and bank card info by way of WhatsApp – a free messaging app owned by Fb – with the intention to guide low-cost flights between India and Vancouver.
Two folks have come ahead in current weeks to report fraudulent exercise on their bank cards after falling for the rip-off. Each victims stated they noticed the low cost flights marketed on Punjabi-language TV and in Punjabi-language newspapers.
“These incidents are actively being investigated and police are at the moment seeking to determine the people concerned,” Surrey RCMP Cpl. Dan Klassen stated in a information launch.
“It is a new development of be aware and we’re bringing the main points to gentle in order that the general public are conscious of the rip-off and might take steps to guard themselves.”
To keep away from being scammed, police stated folks ought to by no means quit private info or bank card particulars to unknown third events by way of smartphone apps, and solely guide flights utilizing safe web sites or licenced journey brokers.
Police additionally suggest folks test their bank card statements recurrently to look at for fraud.
Authorities stated anybody who believes they or a member of the family may need been duped by the rip-off ought to contact police and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.